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Efim Geller vs Vasily Smyslov
Training Match Tournament (1952), USSR
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-04  TheTurk: black's position at the end is the definition of cramped.
Jan-20-04  PinkPanther: I knew black was gonna have a hard time of it when white got to play 8.d5 so easily, a "no no" in the Queens Indian for black.
Apr-14-12  waustad: This is one of the few early wins by Geller over Smyslov. Over their careers, Smyslov won often through 1956 and Geller won often after 1961.
Apr-14-12  King Death: <waustad> In fact it's the only win for Geller before their playoff for the Soviet championship in 1955. After Amsterdam 1956 where Smyslov beat Geller 2-0 he never won another game.
Dec-15-16  Albion 1959: How can this be The Kasparov Variation ? He wasn't even born when this game was played !
Dec-15-16  Howard: True, but Kasparov may have been the one who POPULARIZED (and/or improved) the variation, even if it had already been played extensively before he came on the scene.

A good example of this is the Benko Gambit. Back in the 70's, it was a well-known fact that Pal Benko didn't "invent" the gambit, but he found new, improved ways to play it...and eventually it was named after him.

Dec-15-16  Olavi: This is simply a mistake, there is no sensible reason to name this after Kasparov.
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  offramp: Beating Smyslov with every piece still on the board may be unique.
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